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Columns

  • 'Astro Boy' lots of fun for kids

    If you ask my 7-year-old, “Astro Boy” is the best movie ever made. I wouldn‘t go that far.

    For kids ages 7 and older, you can’t get much more exciting than this computer animated action hero story about a grieving scientist father, voiced by Nicolas Cage, who creates a robot version of his lost son.

    The robot, “Astro,” must then find his place in the world. In the process, he befriends other “orphans,” becomes a fighter and eventually, saves the world.

  • Stagestruck Players to present 'Charlotte's Web'

    One of my first memories of falling in love with a book happened in second grade.

    Each day, our teacher would read to us from E.B. White’s “Charlotte’s Web,” and we would all sit on the edge of our seats waiting to learn what happened next. It was like our own kid-friendly serial drama.

    The happenings at Mr. Zuckerman’s farm and the interactions between the Wilbur, Charlotte, Templeton and the gang were enough to keep us interested until the final page.

  • Halloween isn’t here yet, and here I go asking you about Thanksgiving, Christmas

    I know, I know. I was just writing about Halloween and all things ghostly and paranormal, and before the holiday even gets here, I’m changing directions and looking beyond it.

    Yes, folks, it’s time to think about the other holidays—Thanksgiving and Christmas.

  • Since when does four years make something an artifact?

    Two weeks ago, I was surfing the Internet, looking for deals on Thomas the Train accessories, when my computer screen went black. There was no warning—it just quit.

    I decided to do a little troubleshooting before resorting to calling the tech support line.

    First I jiggled the cord. Nothing happened. Then I unplugged and re-plugged it several times. Nothing happened. Then I dug out the manual and even pretended read a page or two. Still, nothing happened.

  • Whodunit? Let's have tea and crumpets, first

    What is it about English murder mysteries that make them so attractive to American audiences?

    Is it the accents? The lack of actual boring police work that goes into finding who killed Lord Upper Crust during a tea party at a Mr. and Mrs. Scone’s lake house? The fact that Lord Upper Crust probably deserved what he got?

  • Things starting to go bump in spooky season of politics

    It’s that scary time of year again—pre-election dues.

    A cauldron of political stew is stirring like a wicked brew, especially in Brunswick County towns where there’s a challenger or few.

    Beware the ghosts of elections past, political barbs as sharp as witches’ nails, phantom statements being made to the news.

    Watch for creatures drifting in and out of town, digging up graveyard dirt and making the rounds.

    Will it get ugly? It already has. That’s the way the season of politics sometimes comes to pass.

  • Behind the scenes: You lied, your time is up and who bit you?

    Last week, The Brunswick Beacon, together with the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce, Sunset Properties and ATMC TV, launched three of this political season’s Meet the Candidates Forums in Brunswick County.

    The event started out last Monday, Oct. 12, at the Carolina Shores Property Owners Association’s clubhouse. The next Thursday, Oct. 15, we headed over to the Jones-Byrd Clubhouse at Sea Trial for the Sunset Beach forum, and on Friday, Oct. 16, we were at the Calabash Fire Department for Calabash.

  • Media not trying to cause H1N1 panic but increase awareness, prevention

    In case you haven’t heard, my colleagues and I are responsible for the national panic regarding the H1N1 virus.

    At least that’s what a fellow reporter and I were told.

    When another reporter asked a county leader why the media had not been notified of confirmed H1N1 cases in Brunswick County, the answer was because the media blows it out of proportion and gets people worried for no reason.

  • Waiting, praying and remembering, two years later

    The morning was cool and damp as I walked into the hospital. My son was sleeping in his carrier as I lifted it out of the car and carried it across the parking lot.

    Even though we had been gone less than 36 hours, the hospital looked different--more gray than I remembered it.

    I walked up to the desk and signed my son in for his test. The doctor had ordered a blood test to check his bilirubin levels. It would be several hours before we would know if he would have to have any further treatment.

  • What topics before Congress do you want answers from 'Across the aisle?'

    We’re a community newspaper, and we plan to keep it that way.

    While we will continue to focus on local issues and how they affect the community, we also want to delve into state and national issues. Decisions made in Washington, D.C., and Raleigh affect people right here in Brunswick County, so we want to make sure we report on those, too.

    A few weeks ago, we launched a new series, “Across the aisle,” to report on issues before Congress.